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MONROE — As part of “Make It In Union County” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, tours were given at the Goulston Technologies in Monroe. The tours allowed local educators and people in the business community the chance to learn about the products made there and see some of the manufacturing process.

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MONROE — The Union Symphony orchestra has been an attraction in downtown Monroe since 2006, and growth has been steady over the years. The nonprofit arts organization has several programs, including the Youth Orchestra, Union Jazz, the Prelude Junior String Orchestra and Youth Chamber Players.

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MONROE — A Union County jury held Jasmine Lanette Anderson, 38, accountable on Tuesday, Oct. 4 for the 2021 death of Jim Thewlis, delivering guilty verdicts for felony death by motor vehicle and driving while license revoked (impaired revocation). She was sentenced by the presiding judge to …

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Union County Public Schools has released its graduation schedule for the Class of 2023. Union County Early College will hold the County’s first graduation on May 10 and the Wolfe School will wrap up the graduation season on June 15.

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RALEIGH — Susan Underwood of Monroe, N.C., took a chance on a $30 scratch-off and pocketed a $1 million prize. Underwood bought her lucky Millionaire Maker ticket from Rollinghill Express on West Roosevelt Boulevard in Monroe.

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MONROE — Hannah Griffin, 24, of Indian Trail was arrested last week and charged with two counts of felony trafficking in Opium/Heroin, felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling CS, and misdemeanor child abuse after narcotics detectives conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle driven by Griffin, a…

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The City of Monroe Engineering Department, in conjunction with North Carolina Department of Transportation, will be sweeping US Highway 74 (Roosevelt Boulevard) starting on Oct. 17; the entire sweep is expected to take 10 days.

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The cheapest price for a gallon of gasoline in Union County has been volatile in 2022. The highest price peaked at $4.52 per gallon in mid-June, and dropped as low as $2.96 per gallon in September.

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Union County Emergency Services were prepared for a major weather event that didn’t hit as hard as some were predicting last week. Union County was under a State of Emergency and a Tropical Storm Warning due to Ian, which was once a Category 4 Hurricane when it reached land in Southwest Flor…

Union County Public Schools (UCPS) Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan, senior leaders, and Board of Education members revealed the names of the 10 UCPS Principal of the Year finalists by surprising them at their schools.

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Due to forecasted impacts from Tropical Storm Ian, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Dennis Rape has declared a State of Emergency for Union County effective starting on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.

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The unemployment rate in Union County is on the rise in 2022. The County’s unemployment rate through the month of August 2022 is at 3.3%, up from 3.2% the previous month, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce; in March of 2022, UC’s unemployment rate was at 2.8%.

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The City of Monroe Water Resources Department has announced the closing of Lake Lee, Lake Monroe, and Lake Twitty beginning on Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2, due to potential severe weather.

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MONROE — Tyson Foods Monroe donated more than 9,600 pounds of protein and prepared food products to HOPE in Lancaster, S.C. as part of the Community Pantry Program, which will provide 2,400 individuals with a hot meal.

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WAXHAW — Gregg Collins has joined the Waxhaw Police Department as interim police chief effective on Wednesday, Sept. 28, according to Town Manager Jeff Wells. Collins formerly served as Police Captain with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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Summer is over but that does not mean the end of fresh produce. “This is when we start getting in our cabbages, squashes, collard greens and the mountain apples,” said David White. “North Carolina is a big producer of apples and that’s a popular thing after Labor Day.” White has been the own…

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MONROE — Detectives from the Monroe Police Department obtained additional warrants on Luis Miguel Vail-Lopez, 20, for Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury and 1st Degree Kidnapping on Tuesday, Sept. 27, according to a report from the City of Monroe.

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The City of Monroe released information on Monday (Sept. 26) regarding the arrest of a 20-year old man on charges of 1st Degree Rape.

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MONROE — Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey has a lot of experiences seeing children secure in car seats during his 45+ years in law enforcement, including making sure his grandchildren are in car seats. He has not strayed away from advising parents on properly using the tools.

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According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the autumnal equinox or fall equinox arrived this past Thursday (Sept. 22). Hunter Farm, located at 13624 Providence Road in Weddington, is ready for the fall season with plenty of pumpkins, and they are planning for spring.

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The 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Oct. 22 in Charlotte, and the Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Union County and surrounding area residents to join the fight to end the disease.

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The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) released a reminder on the upcoming Oct. 15 deadline, for tax payers who received a valid extension for their individual tax returns, originally due on April 15, 2022.

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INDIAN TRAIL —When Tacara Howard of Monroe walked into her first Getting Ahead group session she was “heavy hearted.” Still grieving the loss of her Mom, she had just gotten out of a bad relationship, was homeless, unemployed and sleeping in her car. This single Mom of two boys, ages 9 and 1…

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Union County Government is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, Sept. 24. This is first time since the COVID-19 pandemic the Union County Waste and Recycling Department has held the popular event.

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Union County Public Library Director Nina Chaffin said that book club kits have been available at the Union County Library since 2019. During the COVID-19 pandemic they were behind the scenes and only available to view online and reserved from their website.

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CHARLOTTE — During Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross has launched Joined by Blood, a fall-focused component of the Sickle Cell Initiative, to help improve the health outcomes of those with sickle cell disease through impactful community-based partnerships.

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MONROE — Community spread of the COVID-19 virus is classified as “low” in Union County as of Wednesday, Sept. 21, according to UC Government’s COVID-19 Dashboard. The case rate per 100,000 residents is just over 192, per the report.

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MONROE — Tina Sagartz, Chair of the annual Union County Heritage Festival Committee, said much of the festival was educational based on Saturday (Sept. 17).

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ROUGHEDGE — The roundabout at South Rocky River Road and Highway 200 is now open to the public for vehicle use, according to a post on the Union County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page Saturday evening (Sept. 17). The North Carolina Department of Transportation has verified the roundabout …

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MARSHVILLE — “Diggin’ Up Bones” was a smash hit for Randy Travis, rising to No. 1 on country music charts in the U.S. and Canada in 1986. It is a classic about “sitting alone” and “resurrecting memories of a love that’s dead and gone.” During the annual Randy Travis Fall Festival on Saturday…

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MONROE — Union County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives reported seizing over 50 pounds of illegal narcotics as part of an ongoing narcotics production and trafficking investigation last week.

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The Union County Nickels for Know-How referendum will be held on Nov. 17, 2022. Andrew Baucom County Extension Director, said one polling place has been established in the County. The polling location is the Union County Extension Office at 3230 Presson Rd. Monroe, N.C. (28112).

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MONROE — A 14-year old juvenile faces multiple charges after a loaded handgun was found on the campus at Monroe Middle School on Thursday (Sept. 15), according to an official with the City of Monroe.

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Food Lion, a grocery store chain headquartered in Salisbury, N.C., that operates over 1100 supermarkets in 10 states, has announced its annual Food Lion Feeds Apple Bag campaign is underway to help provide meals to those facing hunger.

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MONROE — Union Symphony is hosting “A Musical (Beer) Garden, a curated night of cross-sensory exploration, at the Dowd Center Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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MONROE — The Union County Board of Elections has selected its top 10 designs in its inaugural “I Voted” sticker design contest. Designs were created by Union County public, private and homeschool students in grades K-12.

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The N.C. Board of Elections on Tuesday, Sept. 13, approved Union County’s one-top early voting schedule for 2022, according to the Twitter account @UnionCountyBOE. Early voting begins on Oct. 20 and ends Nov. 5.

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Union County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a K-9 search of the Forest Hills High School parking lot on Monday and during the search, a UCSO K-9 demonstrated a positive alert on two separate student vehicles, according to the report.

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MONROE — Della Funderburk, born Sept. 15, 1918, celebrated her 104th birthday a few days early this past Sunday with her family at the Sutton Park Community Center in Monroe.